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Harvey Weinstein Fallout at Amazon Studios: Roy Price Faces Sexual Harassment Allegations, Placed on Leave of Absence

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Harvey Weinstein Fallout at Amazon Studios: Roy Price Faces Sexual Harassment Allegations, Placed on Leave of Absence
The Harvey Weinstein scandal has already led to some soul searching in Hollywood, as victims of harassment are finally feeling emboldened to break their silence and report their own stories. Now, Hollywood is seeing its next major target: Roy Price, head of Amazon Studios.

As first reported by Variety, Amazon has placed Price on leave of absence. COO Albert Cheng has been named interim boss.

Roy Price is on leave of absence effective immediately,” an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement, also supplied to IndieWire. The statement also added, “We are reviewing our options for the projects we have with The Weinstein Co.”

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The decision to suspend Price came after allegations of sexual harassment became public. As Kim Masters first reported on Aug. 25 in The Information, Price allegedly made sexual remarks to producer Isa
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‘Check Point’ VOD Review

Stars: Kenny Johnson, Bill Goldberg, Mindy Robinson, Tyler Mane, William Forsythe, Kane Hodder, Krista Grotte, Michelle Lee, Fred Williamson, Olga Safari, Ricky Harris | Written by Thomas J. Churchill, Aj Perez | Directed by Thomas J. Churchill

Apparently “inspired by true events” (or so the opening title card says), Check Point is the latest film from Thomas J. Churchill who – until now – has worked extensively in the horror genre. Here he not only brings his experience to the action movie genre, but also some acting talent too – the film features Jason Vorhees actor Kane Hodder and former Michael Myers, Tyler Mane, too! But that pair are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Check Point‘s cast: just look at the cast list above – it reads like a who’s who of genre talent. Old school performers William Forsythe and Fred Williamson share screen time with the likes of
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Tamika’s Favorites of 2016

2016 was chock-full of big blockbuster releases, many of which either failed to make a sizable profit or were incredibly divisive among audiences. But out of the ashes rose a beautiful flower: the indie film. Yes, independent movies had a wonderful year, some even breaking per-theater records and making their way onto my favorites of 2016 list, which also includes a Denis Villeneuve film, a comic book series, collectibles, an excellent comprehensive horror documentary, and more.

Arrival: Denis Villeneuve's Arrival is a beautiful take on language and how communication (or the lack of proper communication) can either doom or ensure our survival as human beings on this planet. The way Villeneuve tells a story is the perfect fit for a film like Arrival because its focus is small but the ideas are big, much like his previous works, Enemy, Sicario, and Prisoners.

My hope is that the takeaway from Arrival
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What's New on TV, Netflix, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: June 6-12

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's new on Netflix and TV, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"Zootopia"

Those sloths at the Dmv could learn from Disney's super-fast home release of "Zootopia." The instant classic blockbuster came out in theaters in early March, and it's already arriving on Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD, and On-Demand on June 7. The Blu-ray and Digital releases come with a magical amount of bonus features, including "Zoology: The Roundtables," with Ginnifer Goodwin (who voices rabbit officer Judy Hopps) leading an in-depth look at the movie's characters, animation, environments, and more. Other extras include "The Origin of an Animal Tale," "Research: A True-Life Adventure," "Z.P.D. Forensic Files," "Scoretopia," a look at deleted characters, a bunch of deleted and alternate scenes (including an alternate opening), and Shakira's "Try Everything" music video.
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Tom Amandes Joins Arrow Season 4 As The Calculator

With Arrow set to go on its midseason break soon, a surprising casting addition has been made which we’ll see pay off when The CW series returns next year. That is Tom Amandes as The Calculator (yes, that’s actually the name of a DC Comics character), a villain who is described by the network as a criminal mastermind and technical genius.

The Calculator, whose real name is Noah Kuttler, uses his advanced skills in computer science and internet manipulation to blackmail Roy (Colton Haynes) out of retirement to do his bidding, which leads to an epic battle with Team Arrow.

This casting explains why the former Arsenal is going to return to Arrow then, something fans have been wondering and speculating about ever since it was revealed earlier this week.

As for Amandes, he has some history with Arrow producer Greg Berlanti, as he starred in some of his previous shows like Everwood,
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Arrow Casts Everwood's Tom Amandes as DC Comics Villain The Calculator

Arrow Casts Everwood's Tom Amandes as DC Comics Villain The Calculator
Berlantiverse favorite Tom Amandes is heading to Arrow — to do a real “number” on someone.

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TVLine has learned exclusively that the alum of such past Greg Berlanti projects as Everwood, Eli Stone and No Ordinary Family has booked an arc on (one of!) the prolific producer’s CW series as DC Comics villain The Calculator.

A criminal mastermind and technical genius, The Calculator — aka Noah Kuttler — uses his advanced skills in computer science and internet manipulation to blackmail Roy (Colton Haynes) out of retirement to do his bidding,
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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Arrow, Bloodline, Grimm, Supergirl, Scandal, Tvd, Supernatural and More

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Arrow, Bloodline, Grimm, Supergirl, Scandal, Tvd, Supernatural and More
Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Send any/all of the above to askausiello@tvline.com

Question: When will we learn who is in the grave from the Arrow season premiere? —Kyle

Ausiello: Though the producers are being purposefully vague about the timing of that reveal, here’s something to at least whet your whistle. Co-showrunner Wendy Mericle told Matt Mitovich, “There might be” additional flash-forwards “here and there… right around midseason,” that certainly will add to the “Who dies?” mystery. “We’re definitely toying with that,” the Ep added, “and when and if
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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Big Bang, Arrow, Bates, Sleepy, Castle, Twin Peaks, UnREAL, Gotham, Dome and More

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Big Bang, Arrow, Bates, Sleepy, Castle, Twin Peaks, UnREAL, Gotham, Dome and More
Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Send any/all of the above to askausiello@tvline.com

Question: Any intel on whether Penny and Leonard will actually tie the knot on The Big Bang Theory? —Susan

Ausiello: They’ll certainly get close to tying the knot. The CBS smash is currently looking for a male actor in his 50s to play a minister in the Season 9 premiere, which confirms that P&L are still in full-tilt Vegas elopement mode when the action picks up. That syncs with this scoop I snagged from Ep Steve Molaro
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Field Of Dreams revisited: why it still hits me every time

Simon Brew Jun 15, 2017

1989's Field Of Dreams might just be Kevin Costner's finest hour. So why does the film still manage to hit so hard?

"We just don't recognise life's most significant moments while they're happening. Back then I thought, 'well there'll be other days'. I didn't realise that that was the only day."

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It's a useful piece of advice that's given to writers, that you need to put something on the line if you want a piece to really work. That you need to put some, and ideally a lot, of yourself into it.

Brace yourselves, I'm afraid. I make no promises that the quality of what you're about to read is much cop. But I can tell you that Field Of Dreams is an immensely important and rich film to me,
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Field Of Dreams revisited: why it still hits me every time

1989's Field Of Dreams might just be Kevin Costner's finest hour. So why does the film still manage to hit so hard?

"We just don't recognise life's most significant moments while they're happening. Back then I thought, 'well there'll be other days'. I didn't realise that that was the only day."

It's a useful piece of advice that's given to writers, that you need to put something on the line if you want a piece to really work. That you need to put some, and ideally a lot, of yourself into it.

Brace yourselves, I'm afraid. I make no promises that the quality of what you're about to read is much cop. But I can tell you that Field Of Dreams is an immensely important and rich film to me, one that hits me, and hits me hard every time I watch it. I think that it reinforces too
See full article at Den of Geek »

Falling Skies: Drew Roy Talks Confusing 'Warrior' Cry, Hal's Triangle Troubles

Falling Skies: Drew Roy Talks Confusing 'Warrior' Cry, Hal's Triangle Troubles
If you couldn’t quite get a read on the 2nd Mass’ reaction to Tom Mason’s “Find your warrior!” battle cry in Falling Skies‘ final season premiere, it’s for good reason.

According to Drew Roy, who plays Hal on TNT’s winding-down sci-fi drama, the cast itself was not sure what their individual characters were to make of their remarkably returned leader’s new attitude.

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“In the stage direction, we were all supposed to be giving a ‘hooray,’ but on the day [we filmed it], we all sort of felt like,
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Shape Your Future in Cannes: Next Announces Its Program

For the second time, the Marché du Film is bringing back Next, a pavilion dedicated to the future of cinema. The Next Pavilion will host 22 heavyweight companies from all around the world. Every morning in Palais K, Next will offer a series of round-tables that aim to give an overview of today’s challenging landscape in film.

Each afternoon from 2:30pm on, the Next pavilion will host a series of Workshops and Special Sessions that focus on new and alternative forms of storytelling, production, financing and distribution of films.

This year Next is also extending its content to the Virtual Reality in collaboration with Innerspace. All day, every day there is the possibility to experience the Virtual Reality and discover the projects The Fifth Sleep by Balthazar Auxietre and D.M.Z: memories of a no man's land by Hayoun Kwon.

A vibrant scene for pioneers, innovative start-ups and creative initiatives in the film industry, Next is proud to highlight two exciting events with prominent personalities:

Speaking for the first time during the prestigious Festival de Cannes, Ted Sarandos, the Chief Content Officer for the VOD giant, Netflix, will deliver an exclusive talk on new distribution models and how they impact the financing and production of content.

Within the frame work of the Special French Touch Afternoon bringing together the Cnc and l’Institut Français initiative, renowned screen writer and director Céline Sciamma will highlight ideas behind digital and transmedia creation.

All Next activities are open to Marché du Film badge holders and members of the Producers Network and Workshop.

Next Full Program

Next Members

Bidslate, Bienniale of the Moving Image, Cineuropa, Connect4Climate-World bank Group, Cross Video Days, Cues, Ecocinema, Festival Genius, Festival Tous Ecrans, FilmDoo, Gathr Films, Indiepix, Innerspace, Ipeda, Power to the Pixel, Stage 32, Striim.in, The Festival Agency, Touscoprod, Ulule, Wallimage, Worldpremiere.com.

Round-Tables - every day from 10Am to 12Pm – Palais K

In conversation with Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos: Ted Sarandos will talk about one of the biggest concerns of film professionals today, that is the growing importance of new distribution models and how this impacts the financing of film production. It will be moderated by Laurent Cotillon, chief editor of Le Film Français, and introduced by Thierry Frémaux, general delegate of the Festival de Cannes.

Cinema & Transmedia Pitching Session: during this session Cross Video Days will present innovative, multi-platform and transmedia projects using digital tools to enrich the audience experience. Projects to be pitched : A Song For Nola by Hasmik Hovhannisyan, Dofus - Book 1: Julith by Frédéric Puech, Gringo by Torsten Gauger, Metamorphoses by Pierre Cattan, Vfc by Charles-Stephane Roy

Maximize the Potential of Crowdfunding in the Production Process: Crowdfunding practitioners and executives from the most popular platforms will share tips, answer question or respond to criticism about what used to be known as the new Eldorado of film financing. This session will be powered by Cineuropa and moderated by Domenico La Porta, Editor in Chief, Cineuropa. Speakers : Colin Brown, Editorial Director, Slated - Dan Schoenbrun, Film Outreach Lead, Kickstarter - Marc Hofstatter, Head of Film, Indiegogo - Mathieu Maire du Poset, Deputy Managing Director, Ulule - Sophie Kuno, Director of Partnerships, Touscoprod

Opportunities and Angles in the International Digital and VOD landscape: Between the global dominant majors such as Netflix, Google, and Amazon along with the proliferation of new and expanding players in VOD – what are the opportunities and issues for producers? Wendy Bernfeld, Founder and MD of Rights Stuff, will open the panel with a brief introduction on the current VOD platforms internationally. Speakers : Dragoslav Zachariev, Secretary General, Eurovod - Jacinto Roca, Founder & CEO, Wuaki.TV - William Page, Director, Filmdoo

Cinema innovation in the digital Experience Economy: This session brings together some of the most dynamic exhibitors who demonstrate new ways of renewing audiences for films. Moderated by Michael Gubbins, Consultant, Sampomedia. Speakers : Madeleine Probst, Cinema Program Producer, Watershed - Ivo Andrle, Acquisition Manager, Kino Aero - Gonzalo Lamela, Executive Director, Ecocinema - Tim League, CEO, Drafthouse Films. Powered by Europa Cinemas.

New Initiatives by Film Festivals for the Future of Cinema: This round-table will look into initiatives developed by film festivals to help films reach their potential audience. It will be moderated by Leslie Vuchot, CEO & Founder, The Festival Agency. Speakers: Johanna Koljonen, Editor of Nostradamus Project, GÖTEBURG Film Festival - Josef KULLENGÅRD, Coordinator, Malmo Arab Film Festival - Jarod Neece, Producer & Senior Programmer, SXSW - Jakub Duszynski, Head of Acquisitions, Gutek Film

Workshops - every day from 2:30Pm to 3:30Pm - Next Pavilion

VOD: The challenges and opportunities of Digital Distribution and how to embrace them: With VOD expected to surpass DVD and Blu-Ray sales within 3 years, are sales agents, distributors and filmmakers ready for the challenges to be faced in digital distribution? Workshop presented by Filmdoo.

Achieving Impact Through Theatrical Screenings: how to leverage your theatrical screenings into opportunities to elicit discussion, action, donations, corporate sponsorship and community activation so that your feature can truly be the catalyst for change that you intend it to be! Workshop presented by Gathr Films.

Securing a sales agent or a distributor: are the numbers in your favor? With over 8,000 films entering the global distribution market this year, and over 200,000 sales agents, distributors and exhibitors scattered across the world, how can they all find your movie? Workshop presented by Film Digital Cloud Network.

Digital Distribution of Films: Real and Concrete Business Cases: Ipeda is currently taking part in two actions supported by Creative Europe, Walk This Way (exploitation of more than 30 films on VOD platforms across Europe) and Tide 3 (multi-territorial D&D releases of 4 films). This session will discuss the most recent experiments and business cases in digital distribution. Workshop presented by Ipeda (The Independent Pan European Digital Association

Céline Sciamma to highlight ideas behind digital and transmedia: Cnc is proud to showcase some of their latest supported projects and to invite renowned screenwriter and director Celine Sciamma, President of the Commission for New Media, to share her visions on transmedia opportunities and on the changing and promising landscape of virtual reality. French Touch Special Session presented by le Cnc and l’Institut Francais.

Hacking the Future of Film: Guanajuato International Film Festival hosted the first Giff Hack, inviting creative coders, programmers and engineers to envision the future of filmmaking during a 40-hour hack- a-thon. They will present three of the most outstanding projects: “Xp Sound”, an audiovisual experience “Enti”, an external content platform which brings virtual reality closer, “By Frames”, an efficient method of digitizing film memory. This is a session in Collaboration with the Short Film Corner.

Special Sessions - every day from 4Pm to 5Pm – Next Pavilion

Launching a Successful Movie Crowdfunding Campaign & Building a Strong Community. Thanks to two project creators' feed-backs, learn to build and give life to your very own crowdfunding campaign. Feedback & case study on Noob and Night Fare. Session presented by Ulule.

The 3T’s success formula of new media financing: TransMedia, TransRegional and TransAtlantic! Following the“Transregional Interactive Experiences” organized with its French partner, Pictanovo, Wallimage has set up a new transmedia matching fund with the Canada Media Fund that recently awarded 3 multi-platforms projects funded under the “TransAtlantic Call for interactive projects” flagship. Session presented by Wallimage.

Meet the Financiers of Innovation & Cross-Media: As audience behavior transforms, meet the people who are investing in new ways for film and media organizations to adapt to stay relevant. Hear from a wide spectrum of international heads of funds and commissioners who are leading the way in backing new types of entertainment products, audience engagement tools and cross-media projects. Session presented by Power To The Pixel.

Beyond Cinema: the Swiss Vr and digital revolution. Keynote on "Financing innovation: news from the Swiss digital culture funding battleground" followed by a showcase of five Swiss virtual reality and digital projects that challenge the film industry. Session presented by Festival Tous Ecrans.

New Producers: The French Touch of the Web Creation : Several producers and experts of french new media will discuss transmedia production and new multi-platform storytelling. They will share their experiences, projects and visions for the future. French Touch Special Session presented by le Cnc and l’Institut Francais

FILM4CLIMATE: Taking Action on Climate Change! What can the film industry do to help influence the outcomes and contribute to climate action? There are signs of commitment to reduce environmental impact in the industry and advocate for change through story content. Session presented by CONNECT4CLIMATE – World Bank Group.

Using Social Media and Crowdsourcing to Build an Audience for Your Film and Further Your Career: this session will focus in the ins and outs of crowdsourcing and how you can launch a crowdsourcing campaign as a method of identifying, engaging and moving an audience to help develop, create, market and promote your project. Session presented by Stage 32.
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Arrow Recap: You Can Call Me Al — Plus, Who's Heading for a Wedding?

Arrow Recap: You Can Call Me Al — Plus, Who's Heading for a Wedding?
“My name was Oliver Queen. For two years, I worked to save my city. But to save my sister, I had to become someone else. I had to become… something else.”

So began Arrow‘s first look at how Oliver, after three weeks of (herrrrrrb-influenced) indoctrination, has acclimated to his life with the League, as Al Sah-Him/Wareeth al Ghul. (The members’ laundry name tags must be huge!) To be fair, Stephen Amell himself warned us on the Twitter, “I’d like to apologize in advance for everything I do” in this week’s episode, and you can now see where he was coming from.
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Education Impact Report: 110 Students to Watch

  • Variety - Film News
In honor of its 110th anniversary, Variety selects 110 students who represent the future of film, media and entertainment.

Nayna Agrawal

Age: 29

School: Northwestern U.

Major: Mfa writing for screen and stage

High Marks: Agrawal’s plays have been produced in theaters in Chicago; Evanston, Ill.; Ithaca, N.Y.; New Bedford, Mass.; and Seattle. She was a writing intern with HBO last summer and the winner of an Emmy Foundation scholarship.

Viraj Ajmeri

Age: 25

School: Ringling College of Art and Design

Major: Motion design

High Marks: Not only did Ajmeri intern with Psyop and the Mill, two premier motion design studios in New York, but also has been offered a job with the latter. Ajmeri’s national and local freelance work includes a new musicvideo for Jason Derulo.

Will Arbery

Age: 25

School: Northwestern U.

Major: Mfa writing for screen and stage

High Marks: Arbery’s “The Logic” was
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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Big Bang, Vampire Diaries, Arrow, Good Wife, Castle, Walking Dead and More!

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Big Bang, Vampire Diaries, Arrow, Good Wife, Castle, Walking Dead and More!
Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Send any/all of the above to askausiello@tvline.com

Question: Longtime reader here. Now that Nina Dobrev is leaving The Vampire Diaries, does that mean Elena will be taking the vampire cure? Thanks! — Kristen

Ausiello: It certainly seems like Elena’s jonesing to take the cure, doesn’t it, Kristen? (Especially after that clip we posted with her dreaming of having children with Damon.) We can’t confirm that Elena will end her run as a human or a vampire, but know this: Damon’s decision to
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Will Scandal Cheat Death? Who Will Bates Kill? Too Much Mad Megan? Did Peter Sabotage Wife? And More TV Qs

Will Scandal Cheat Death? Who Will Bates Kill? Too Much Mad Megan? Did Peter Sabotage Wife? And More TV Qs
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Bates Motel, Justified, Arrow and Scandal!

1 | Crazy 12 Monkeys theory: Could Striking Woman be Jennifer Goines? Or related to her somehow? We can’t be the only ones who think there’s a resemblance, can we?

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2 | When it comes to Grimm‘s Juliette, are you Team ‘Biest or Team Restore?

3 | Is Outlander‘s recent virgin-turned-newlywed Jamie Fraser the quickest study in the world or what?
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Are the Dead Too Dumb? Did Castle Really Hit the Shower? Further Revenge To Be Had? And More TV Qs!

Are the Dead Too Dumb? Did Castle Really Hit the Shower? Further Revenge To Be Had? And More TV Qs!
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including The Walking Dead, Castle, Cougar Town and Scandal!

1 | Really? Not one of these Walking Dead walkers has half a brain to simply (if even accidentally) lift the latch on the gate? Also, how rotten did you feel about yourself for hoping Sasha would kill Gabriel and for Glenn to off Nicholas, after neither of them wound up shooting the villains? And is there any rational explanation for why Maggie didn’t warn her
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Is New Dead Duo Adorable? Will Logo Go Looking? Best Body Swap? Double Standard on Arrow? And More Qs!

Is New Dead Duo Adorable? Will Logo Go Looking? Best Body Swap? Double Standard on Arrow? And More Qs!
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Glee, Looking, The Flash and The Americans!

1 | It shouldn’t surprise us by now, but wasn’t it a bit icky to see Glee‘s Mr. Schuester so thoroughly enjoying Artie’s highly sexual audition song? And didn’t you expect Rachel to acknowledge Finn in some form while accepting her Tony?

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2 | What do you think the odds are of Grimm‘s Nick and Juliette staying together,
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"Blade Runner": Sci-fi Classic Back In UK Cinemas

  • CinemaRetro
By Mark Mawston

A great many people think Blade Runner is the greatest science fiction film ever made. It’s certainly one of the best; the Metropolis of its time when it comes to the realization of future cityscapes on film. Flying police cars aside, the main thing that rings true is that it was one of the first films to show a “used” future; a future where over-population and global warming feature as key elements. Of the four or so versions of the film that exist, from test print to original theatrical release to directors cut, the most complete, albeit with a running time of just one minute longer than some of the others, is that of The Final Cut, which the BFI have chosen to close its Days Of Fear And Wonder science fiction season. It is this version that has the Ridley Scott seal of approval and
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Did Arrow Break a Promise? Did Love Fail to Rock Empire? Bloody Mix-Up on Nashville? Girls Split? And More TV Qs

Did Arrow Break a Promise? Did Love Fail to Rock Empire? Bloody Mix-Up on Nashville? Girls Split? And More TV Qs
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Girls, NCIS, Arrow and Empire!

1 | Ok, we can’t ignore it any longer – what’s with the overly orange hue on Hart of Dixie this season? And why can’t Zoe and Wade just move into that big plantation house with Lavon?

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2 | Who presented with more man pain on Sunday night: Walking Dead’s
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